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  • 77 References 44 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Norwegian; learning Danish, Spanish, Swedish
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2007
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About Me

NOTE: Uh, I don't know how my response rate got to 0%. It seems I didn't respond to the last two requests, and then I stopped receiving them altogether...

You can write whatever you want in your CouchSurfing profile, they said. You can write about whatever you like, and you can write about whatever in whichever way you like. You can pick whichever words you like. Fruity words, frail words… words for describing the movement of children and the force of apocalypses. No one gets up in the morning to stand in the way of authentic expressions of personality. If you want to write about the moon, that’s OK. It’s OK to write about the walls of your house. It is OK to write about different animals that live in or plan on visiting the sea. It is even OK to try to write about infinity and about love.

Some people come to a CouchSurfing profile expecting to find a concise description of its owner. They want to know what their favourite vegetables are, if they think aliens exist and if so when they will visit, whether they prefer soft or firm mattresses, what they think it would be like to be a wolf, whether they are depressed or whether they are really truly feeling life’s perpetual sizzling, the rhythm of the stars and of the distant galaxies. They want to read words about people and imagine them climbing their sofa, eating avocadoes, singing and crying. Don’t get me wrong, I am not making fun of this little job we’ve reluctantly accepted in return for free accommodation... of presenting ourselves gracefully to the world using only the magic of words and punctuation and a few profile pictures. On the contrary, I am very enthusiastic about it… in fact I I would go so far as to say that I am fully prepared to present myself… that I am a man on the verge… of presentation.

I have decided that, under the circumstances, the ideal form of presentation is one where I answer my own questions.

Q: How do you feel when you get up in the morning, and what advice would you give to other people who are getting up in the morning or are planning to?
A: I often like getting up in the morning. My best advice to people who are getting up in the morning would be to either do it very slowly or very quickly, or in a normal pace but acrobatically. Also, eat at least one thing for breakfast which reveals at least a tiny speck of the mystery of life when you put it in your mouth.

Q: Do you prefer big things or small things?
A: I am a huge fan or big things and of small things. It is very easy to be in awe of big things. Everyone loves them. But that doesn’t mean they’re better or worse than small things. I think, however, that maintaining a commitment to looking deeply and closely is in itself very rewarding; when small things finally reveal their magic, you know in your heart they are and always were the greatest things ever.

Q: What advice would you give to people who are trying to pick between two different things to eat? They cannot have both.
A: Hmmm…

Q: What do you think about people who sit still and never move because they can’t be bothered? Are they the real people, or is mobility as good and cool as its reputation suggests?
A: I think some of the people who don’t move because they don’t want or need to… they’re some of the best people. Meditating, reading books, whistling… all fantastic ways to spend time… truthfully you needn’t anything else to live a full life. However I would suggest they try white-water river rafting at least one more time.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

All the good reasons which I've tired slightly of hearing about because it's hard to conceive of a person who does not like all these things: To meet good people, to show good people great stuff, to be shown great stuff by good people, to meet good people's good friends, to give good people a place to stay, to stay under good people's roofs in faraway good people lands, to cook good food for good people, to eat good people's sandwich, to find good people eating your sandwich and not minding because they are such good people, to take a dirty thing that good people own and make it clean, to hear about good people's suffering, to try to come up with great ideas for how to alleviate good people's suffering, to discuss with good people what it means to be good people, to agree with good people we aren't really such good people, to develop ideas with good people for how we can become better people, etc.


Music, literature, film, (nowadays primarily board and card) games, beer, wine, tea, spirits, food (cooking), bicycle touring, hitchhiking, "life", philosophy, programming, science in general...

  • literature
  • cooking
  • wine
  • cheese
  • beer
  • movies
  • board games
  • music
  • science
  • hitchhiking
  • tea
  • climbing

Music, Movies, and Books

Some of my absolute all-time favourite artists:
Charles Mingus, Agalloch, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Ulver, King Crimson, Magma, Aphex Twin, Neurosis, Swans, Opeth, Brian Eno, Talking Heads, Gorguts, Shirley & Dolly Collins, Tim Hecker, John (and Alice) Coltrane, Boards of Canada, Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Pavement, Emperor, Comus, Ringo Shiina, Miles Davis, Meshuggah, Deathspell Omega, Death, Klaus Schulze, Can, Henry Cow, PJ Harvey, Jethro Tull, Stars of the Lid, Talk Talk, John Fahey, A Tribe Called Quest, Kanye West, Immolation, Pharoah Sanders, Boredoms, Björk, Steve Roach, Nick Drake, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Boris, Coil, Joanna Newsom, Gal Costa, Maudlin of The Well, Jorge Ben, Tenhi, Slint, Moonsorrow, Fushitsusha, Koenjihyakkei, Fela Kuti, Ravi Shankar, Faust, Keiji Haino, Chico Buarque, Belle & Sebastian, Pixies, Fairport Convention, Portishead, Massive Attack, Electric Wizard, GZA/Genius, DJ Shadow…

I omitted classical composers. I listen to a lot of world music too.

Andrei Tarkovsky, Béla Tarr, Hayao Miyazaki, Jonas Mekas, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ingmar Bergman, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Yasujiro Ozu, Chris Marker, Abbas Kiarostami, Yuri Norstein, Edward Yang, Michelangelo Antonioni, Jia Zhangke, Wong Kar-wai, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, Satyajit Ray, Hirokazu Koreeda, Terence Davies, Kenji Mizoguchi, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Werner Herzog, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Robert Bresson, Akira Kurosawa, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Sergei Parajanov, Stan Brakhage, Jan Svankmajer, Wes Anderson, Lars Von Trier, Woody Allen, Satoshi Kon, Roman Polanski, Paul Thomas Anderson, Dardennne brothers, Federico Fellini, Tsai-ming Liang, Luis Buñuel, John Cassavetes, Ron Fricke, Jean-luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock, Sergio Leone, Howard Hawks, Roy Andersson, Theo Angelopoulos, Mike Leigh, Michael Powell

I've really not read many books, but I've loved at least one or two by the following:
Jorge Luis Borges, David Foster Wallace, W. G. Sebald, Virginia Woolf, Italo Calvino, Julio Cortázar, Boris Vian, Neil Gaiman, Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust, Thomas Pynchon, Vladimir Nabokov, Hermann Hesse, Ursula K. Le Guin, E. M. Forster, Albert Camus, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Haruki Murakami, José Saramago, Allen Ginsberg, Sylvia Plath, Georg Johannesen, Walt Whitman, Tor Ulven

I'm really fond of Go/Baduk, though I've not played it much, and my rank's about 9k OGS. I'm a huge fan of the GIPF project games (the ones I've tried). I also really enjoy Dominion, The Castles of Burgundy, Carcasonne, Avalon, Ingenious, Hive and Dixit. My board and card game geekery being in its early stages, I've not tried many more (interesting) games than this.

I've hardly played computer or video games these last ten years, but I'm very fond of good role-playing, adventure and strategy games.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you how to praise Satan, how to bake bread, etc.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Really good Chinese tea. Moldy cheese. Ideas. Warm things that can be tucked around bodies whose brains are thinking we're cold or we're not really cold but we'd be having the best time if we were even warmer. Cookies. Stories of real adventure. White paper and tools to make it not white (may require limbs). Long lists of things which make life great and much shorter (yet still quite long) lists of things about life which suck.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Denmark, Norway, Slovakia, United Kingdom

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